I buy a six-pack or pot of basil in Spring, but it seems to go so fast in recipes, so I propagate more. Yay! Free basil!
Here's how I do it.
As soon as the plants are large enough (about a foot high), I take cuttings about 4 inches long, and put them in a glass of water near the window...removing any leaves below the water line.
Change the water if it gets cloudy, or every few days.
I take the cuttings with lots of leaves, because I'll pinch a few off for salads, etc. while they're rooting in the water.
Well, not that bug eaten leaf.
You can see here I've pinched some of the leaves and left a few.
In about a week or so, you'll see little roots like these, and then, it's time to plant. I put them in little pots, and later when they're a little larger, I transfer them to the garden, or a larger pot on the deck.
These are ones I potted last week.
Would you believe my purple basil, that's in the garden, is trying to bloom already, so I'm glad I've rooted some. Guess I'd better go outside and pinch back the blooms.
You can take cuttings any time, but if it's started blooming, take the cutting from a stem that hasn't bloomed.
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